Making Sure Your Vehicle Is Road Safe

Making Sure Your Vehicle Is Road Safe

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There are different rules and regulations regarding vehicle inspection tests depending on the state you are located in. However, most people would agree that getting your vehicle inspected on a yearly basis makes sense to ensure you are safe on the road. 

What is a vehicle inspection and do you need one?

A vehicle test is a yearly requirement for all drivers, and it is illegal to have your vehicle on the road without one in some states. You are, however, allowed to drive the car to a pre-booked vehicle test so long as it is local. If you have been in a crash because of a car that is not road worthy, you should hire a car accident lawyer, as they will surely be able to build a strong case based on this.

A vehicle inspection is important to make certain your vehicle is safe enough to be on the road. Therefore, they check everything from the seat belts and suspension components to emissions and brakes, and, of course, your lights. One thing that is not included is the running of the engine. You will need to book this as an extra in most cases. 

How to find the best company for a vehicle inspection

You need to choose a test center with care, so you can be confident of the highest levels of quality. Make sure they have a formal quality control process in place. They should also have an impeccable reputation in the industry, and you should be able to read some of their previous customers’ comments on-site. If your vehicle fails its vehicle inspection, the professionals should do all of the necessary work needed for it to pass. Be sure they will provide you with a fixed quote upfront and an accurate timeline for how long the work will take as soon as the vehicle inspection is complete. 

How long should the inspection take? Should you wait around or drop off your car?

A vehicle inspection test can be a yearly inconvenience for most, which is why you need someone who can provide a quick, convenient, and flexible service. The vehicle inspection should only take around 45 minutes. 

Most people choose to drop their vehicle off and pick it up at a time of your convenience, getting their friend or family member to come with them so they have got a ride. If you would like to wait at the car garage and have a cup of coffee while they perform the vehicle inspection, you should be able to do this. Or maybe look for a company with a local collect and deliver service? 

Set yourself a reminder so you don’t forget to get your car inspected every year

If you have a tendency to forget that your vehicle is due a vehicle inspection, it is worth setting a reminder on your calendar. Some companies will send you a reminder a month or two months before the expiry date of your current vehicle inspection.

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Working at Home: When the Going Gets Tough, What Do You Do?

Working at Home: When the Going Gets Tough, What Do You Do?

‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’

In the middle of a global health crisis and social unrest in most parts of the globe, the admittedly overused quote reminds you to persevere and find ways to come out stronger. That is particularly challenging when you’ve been stuck at home for months to prevent getting infected by the coronavirus.

Working from home might have doubled your coffee consumption to stay alert for Zoom calls and all-nighters. You might be lathering on an extra pump of hair loss shampoo to make up for all the times you frustratingly pull on your own hair throughout the day because of seemingly never-ending tasks.

It’s a tough situation. But it won’t go away by deciding to toughen up your exterior and focus on what you need to do. You might find it even more stressful when you keep blinders on and disregard self-care.

The lines of work-life balance might be blurred now that you’re working at home for an extended period. And the best way you can reconstruct and sharpen those lines is by being strict with yourself.

Take a look at these ways to make space between your work and personal lives at home.

Set a work schedule and stick to it.        

One of the best things about working at the office is that you’re free once your eight hours are done. When you work from home, on the other hand, it might feel like your workday never ends.

Observe your work patterns to determine your most productive hours. Work during those hours, shut down your computer when your shift is done, and turn it into a routine. Stick to this schedule to maintain that same level of freedom that you used to feel in the office whenever you clock out.

Stay connected but limit social media.   

Social isolation is one of the worst enemies when you work at home, especially now that the coronavirus situation is forcing us to stay at home and away from social gatherings.

It’s easy to lose energy and enthusiasm when you feel alone, so make time for regular video calls or text messaging with your closest family and friends. Just be mindful of social media usage. Too much time online tends to make you lose focus on your work.

Never sacrifice your sleep hours.

You might think it’s okay to stay up late every night because you don’t have to get up extra early to prepare for work. But the next thing you know, it’s 3 AM, and your shift starts in five hours.

Irregular sleep patterns affect your concentration and productivity throughout the day. You might not feel it, but your body is struggling to keep you moving, and your mind is working overtime to keep you awake. So be mindful of those sleep hours and be strict with bedtime.

The novelty of working from home wore out a couple of months ago. Now you’re faced with stressors like the lack of structure, blurred boundaries between work and leisure hours, and social isolation. These tips help you manage the stress of working at home. Be strict with yourself to be productive.

So when the going gets tough, don’t hesitate to toughen up.

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Empowering Women with LadyBug Music Festival

EMPOWERING WOMEN WITH LADYBUG MUSIC FESTIVAL

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It’s time for the annual Ladybug Music Festival! So it’s kind of a big deal when I can say I’m on the same bill with dozens of incredibly talented artists and influential women from all different walks of life. Big names and big voices from around the country are able to come together to stream this year’s 2-day festival for the entire world to see!

The Ladybug Music Festival Line Up

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Hosted by Jamila Mustafa. Keri Hilson, KT Tunstall, Vanessa Carlton, Larkin Poe, Mary Lambert… are just a few of the names gracing the stream screen for this historic event. Check more of the line up here.

Cost for Such Greatness

The show is only $20usd for the 2-day virtual admission. Buy Tickets through gopassage.com

Don’t Forget…

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I’ll be there too! …streaming some good lifestyle tips!

The Show Benefits…

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and Downtown Visions

Thanks To…

Thanks to Gable Music Ventures, in Delaware, for putting this together and inviting me into this star-studded lineup.  Jet Phynx Films for the stream. Also, thanks to the numerous sponsors.

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Body Art for Men: Trends for 2020

Body Art for Men: Trends for 2020

Body modification and body art is nothing new; men and women alike have been adorning themselves with piercings, tattoos and other forms of body expression for years now. Trends come and go, though, while a few old classics have managed to stand the test of time. 

    Below, we’ve compiled a list of the current most popular trends and men’s styles in body modification and art for both piercings and tattoos in 2020. Do you see yours on the list? 

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Piercings

Piercings will never go out of style. With so many different types to choose from, and so many different varieties of body jewelry, you’ll never get bored with your piercings. 

Back in the late 1990s, when piercing hit a fever pitch, it was all about the tongue ring and the eyebrow ring. Those are still around, but they’ve fallen a little out of trend, in favor of other, newer piercing styles. While not new, labret piercings (in the chin), philtrum piercings (just under the nose/top lip), and septum piercings (under the nose as opposed to the side/nostril) are all hugely popular at the moment, and for good reason: all of them look really cool. All three styles are relatively easy to care for and don’t pose a lot of risk for infection as long as you take care of them. 

Classic piercing locations that have stood the test of time are the lip piercing, the side nose ring, nipple piercings and the ever-traditional ear piercing (both earlobe and helix, which is higher up on the ear). All of these classic styles look great on any guy (or gal), and are easy to care for, with a huge variety of jewelry options available. 

Then there’s some of the more avantgarde piercing styles, such as corset piercing and dimple piercing. 

If you’re interested in making an appointment for men ear piercing, or any other type of body piercing, contact your local piercer or body studio to make an appointment. Many tattoo shops also do piercings. 

Tattoos

Tattoos are also nothing new, but the technology that tattoo artists are using is always changing and just gets cooler and cooler. These days, tattoos are more than just your usual blocky design or quick-to-fade ink. Tattoos can be done in watercolor, in white ink or invisible ink, 3D style tattoos, and so much more. 

In recent years, popular trends have waned from the usual blocky lettering or tribal tattoos of the past, with body art enthusiasts instead opting for lifelike portraits of loved ones, celebrities and even their own pets. These ultra-lifelike portraits are so detailed that you’d never guess they could be done on flesh, but they can. 

Many enterprising tattoo studios are also starting to offer cover-up tattoos at lower or discounted costs for victims of abuse who may have scars, which is a really empathetic and creative way to give back to the community. And you’d be surprised at how amazing these tattoos look!

Tattoos used to have such a stigma attached but these days, almost everyone has at least one. So what are you waiting for? 

Whether you’re interested in a piercing, a tattoo, or both, 2020 is a great time to take advantage of a hot new trend and get some body art that looks totally awesome. 

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Symbolization Of Wedding And Engagement Rings

Symbolization Of Wedding And Engagement Rings

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No one can deny that marriage is one of the most beautiful things in the entire world. After all, the union of two people who are dedicating their entire lives to one and other is something that should be forever cherished. Because of this, the importance of engagement rings and wedding rings should never be overlooked or disregarded. After all, these two precious pieces of jewelry are a direct symbolization of the love shared between the two people and their promises to one and other. Read on to discover everything you need to know about them.

An engagement ring marks the initial proposal from the man to the woman and is the first declaration of the love shared. On the other hand, the wedding ring solidifies the union between the two people and eternalizes the love shared. This symbolization is something that has been constant for many years now. Wedding rings have signified love since ancient times. 

The true symbolization lies within the design of the ring. There are certain qualities of engagement and wedding bands that lend them perfectly to the beauty of love. For instance, the unbroken circle of a ring – this showcases how the couple has declared their undying love for one and other. The relationship and the bond is one that is to last for an eternity. Furthermore, the roundness is symbolic of how the two people come together to make one and other complete. There is a feeling of wholeness. 

Of course, you can choose to further enhance the meaning associated with the engagement ring and wedding band you purchase. After all, with the boom in popularity of custom made rings, you can choose to have your very own symbols incorporated into the ring. There are lots of great custom jewelers today, and you can read more about one here: yourdiamondguru.com/reviews/blue-nile/. It could be something as simple as a heart-shaped diamond for your engagement ring. Or you could have the date you first met engraved on your wedding ring. Alternatively, you could opt for something that is completely unique to you and your partner’s relationship. 

When buying both rings it is important that you consider them as one piece, rather than a separate engagement ring and a separate wedding band. After all, they are going to be worn together and therefore they will effectively become one symbol and one piece of jewelry. Therefore, when purchasing your wedding ring you need to ensure that it looks great against your engagement band. Most people tend to opt for a simplistic wedding ring and a more elaborate engagement band for this reason. 

Nevertheless, there is no denying that the combination of both kinds of rings can prove to be a bit tricky to the untrained eye. This is why it is important to make sure that you choose a jeweler with care. You need someone with a lot of experience who is going to be able to create the perfect rings for you.

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How to Be Safer At Home

How to Be Safer At Home

The home is your castle, and that means that you want to be able to step through the front door every evening after work and relax. The best way to relax? To know you are as safe as possible at home. At work, your employer puts measures in place to keep you safe and keep your job safe, too. Feeling safe at home and actually being safe are not the same thing, and you can never guarantee your safety in your home. However, you can work to make your living space the safest possible place to be. Let’s take a look at how you can be safer in your home.

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Light It Up.

You need to add some exterior lights to your house and brighten your surroundings as the first step to making your home a safer place to be. You may have your license to carry application in, but you have to wait for that for a while. Lights are the alternative! You want to make sure that you light up the area to startle possible thieves, and you want to know that if you have CCTV installed, you can see everything the video catches. Think about your interior lights, too. They need to be up to date and energy efficient so that you are not at risk of fire in the house. It’s a big part of safety, to avoid fire hazards, and your lights need regular checks to ensure that they are not going to burn out.

Add Blinds.

When the night rolls in and the lights are on, you need to consider that people can see right into your home with the lights on and the curtains open. Blinds will block out the light and allow you to keep your valuables hidden away.

Cut The Bushes Back.

Overgrown bushes out the front and back of your home provide excellent cover for those who want to rob your house. Don’t give people the chance to hide away – cut them all back and you can ensure that there are no hiding places for those with negative intentions. There’s nothing to fear of the dark when there are no hiding places for shadows to go!

Make The Right Repairs.

When the house is creaking and groaning, you can bet that there are some issues that need to be fixed. When it’s windy, the house will creak, but you’ll definitely hear the difference between a creak and an actual loose part of the house blowing in the wind. Make the fixes that are necessary and you can keep the house from falling down.

Add a Night Light.

If you add a light in the house in the evening when you’re not home, it gives the illusion that you’re indoors and therefore make your home less of a target. 

Join Neighborhood Watch.

If you have a neighborhood watch group, join in! You can all look after each other and keep an eye on the local area as a whole. This will mean that you are all taking responsibility for the local street together. You can feel better secure when this is the case.

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Three Reasons Why It’s Important To Take A Break From Tech

Three Reasons Why It’s Important To Take A Break From Tech

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Technology has been a wonderful thing in our lives, it has meant that we can stay connected to people all over the world, we can send emails in seconds, video chat with people on the other side of the world and find out news instantly and from all over like never before. However, with all the benefits our laptops, smartphones, and tablets bring, they have also brought a lot of stress and anxiety to people’s lives, and they are not always good for our health. People have become so reliant on their phones that a new cell phone law has been introduced as many people cannot cope for a couple of hours without using their phones. How did we cope before we had phones? There are many reasons why we need to take a break from tech, and here are three of them. 

To better connect with people.

While you might think that you are connecting with people on your phone, you’re not – not properly. If you put your phone down, you can connect with those people you are with in real life. It’s easy to think you’re connecting with someone because you’re sat having dinner with them, but if you’re constantly looking at your phone or even just aware of your phone, then you’re not giving the other person your full attention. Have some time where you switch off your phone and spend time with people, get them to turn theirs off too, and see what a difference it makes. If you find that you’re struggling to make conversation, then it shows that you’ve been spending too much time on your phone and is definitely time to take a break. 

You’ll be more productive.

For many things you need technology to get the job done, but how many times do you go to look something up and then get distracted by notifications and end up down a rabbit hole watching Youtube videos that are completely irrelevant to what you wanted to do in the first place and in fact you have forgotten what you were going to do in the first place. If you have jobs you need to do, turn the notifications on your mobile phone off, close down your social media pages on your computer, and cut down the distractions so that you can focus on whatever it is you want to achieve. 

You’ll reduce stress. Being connected 24/7 is very stressful, whether it’s work who can contact you or it’s you checking your work emails all the time, there’s never time to switch off. Not only that, but too much time on social media means that many people are experiencing higher levels of anxiety from comparing themselves to other people and constantly feeling the pressure of how they look in their photos or what they are doing with their lives. Using technology can also disrupt your sleep, which is no good for stress, so it’s a good idea to turn off at least an hour before bed and read a book. Start doing this, and you’ll soon begin to feel less stressed.

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We Love Ride-sharing, But It Is Any Safer Than Traditional Transport?

We Love Ride-sharing, But It Is Any Safer Than Traditional Transport?

There’s no doubt that ridesharing has exploded in popularity over the last few years. Uber and Lyft have both seen massive growth in their businesses. And now they are finally beginning to reflect their lofty valuation (which many people believed were excessive). 

Ridesharing is likely to explode in the future as vehicles become more autonomous. In the next five to twenty years, we are likely to see the mass rollout of taxis driven by computers and available through apps. You tap on your phone, and then a taxi in the vicinity will come and pick you up and take you to your destination, perhaps without any driver at all. That’s the promise, anyway. 

Is Ridesharing Safer Than Traditional Transport?

The question of whether ridesharing is safer than other modes of transport is going to become more critical as costs come down. Some analysts believe electric vehicles and autonomy could make the cost-per-mile of ridesharing half that of a contemporary motor vehicle. The technology, therefore, is likely to become dominant in the future. People won’t bother with personal motor vehicles if they know they can get an Uber at half the costs 

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Even so, risks remain. Ridesharing companies do an excellent job of vetting their drivers, but they’re not perfect. And even if the cabby is a professional, they can still make mistakes in the course of their work, putting people at risk. 

Remember, these ridesharing services are a tool people can use to get around the high fares charged by licensed taxi services. The idea is to make city transport cheaper and more sustainable. But that means that you now have many people who have nothing more than a driving license, ferrying people around. And it is leading to added risks for passengers. 

The good news is that the legal profession is getting on top of the problem. You can now recover the following damages if taking a ridesharing service causes injury: lost wages, medical costs, future medical care, and future lost wages. Thus, if a drivers’ negligence causes damage to you, you’re able to get back all of the money that you would have lost otherwise, and sometimes more. 

The question of whether ridesharing is safer than traditional transport is difficult to answer. There are pros and cons to each. The most common belief, however, is that it is more dangerous because of the degree of autonomy drivers have. 

For instance, a train driver is less likely to make mistakes, even if they are fatigued or drunk. An Uber driver, by contrast, always has to have their wits about them. If they lose concentration, they may shunt the car in front, causing whiplash, or skid off the road if they speed too fast around a corner. 

Poor vehicle maintenance is another issue with which passengers must contend. Ridesharing “partners,” as the industry calls them, spend most of their time out on the road. Sometimes, they don’t have the time or inclination to service their vehicles, and something can go wrong. 

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Lux Magazine Award Winner

TipsfromTia.com – the USA Best Health & Wellness Blog 2020 – USA

Thank you to LUX Magazine, all our readers and the judges for this opportunity! It is an honor to be named this year’s Best Health & Wellness Blog 2020 for the USA. This award means so much! And I hope that we continue to deliver our best content to you year after year. Thank you for being part of our journey! xoxo -Tia and TipsfromTia.com

Skin Tags: What Are They, And Should You Be Worried?

Skin Tags: What Are They, And Should You Be Worried?

Being healthy is about more than just eating well and exercising regularly. It’s even about more than making sure you’re well hydrated and getting plenty of sleep. Good health is also about awareness. It’s about taking the time to understand our bodies and know when something out of the ordinary manifests. For instance, checking your breasts regularly and properly is the best way to ensure that you catch the signs of breast cancer early. Likewise, we need to learn how to read our skin. Everything from poor hydration to diabetes and even cancer can be spotted early by understanding how your skin looks and feels under normal circumstances. 

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When something unexpected shows up on our skin, it can be a source of great worry and anxiety. However, when it comes to skin tags, it’s easy to get freaked out. They look unsightly to some, and because they are packed with tiny blood vessels, they can be prone to bleeding. Here, however, we’ll address the myths and misconceptions while helping you to better understand skin tags. 


First of all: It’s important to acknowledge what skin tags are not

Skin tags are not cancerous, and they will (in the overwhelming majority of cases) never be cancerous even if left untreated for the rest of your life. If you spot a skin tag, you may find it a minor irritation in otherwise unblemished skin, but they’re perfectly benign.

At least 25% of all adults will get skin tags somewhere on their bodies at some point in their lives. We tend to be more prone to them when we go above the age of 30. 

What does a skin tag look like?

Just so we’re all clear, a skin tag is a small flesh colored growth on the skin that looks a little like a wart. Unlike a wart, however, it often grows out of the skin on a little stalk. In some cases, a skin tag may be a darker color than the rest of the skin.

Where do skin tags come from?

Medical science has yet to prove conclusively where skin tags come from and what causes them. The most popular theory, however, is that it may happen when little clusters of collagen and blood vessels get trapped inside thicker pieces of skin. Because they are more common in areas where the skin creases or folds, it’s possible that they could be caused by skin rubbing against skin.

Where can you get skin tags?

Skin tags can occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on areas like the armpits, neck and eyelids. They can also occur in more intimate areas. They may occur on the genitals or the anus and can be mistaken for genital warts. Here’s some advice on how to remove anal skin tags. Because skin tags can catch and bleed, there are many who would rather remove them for practical and aesthetic purposes. 

How do I remove skin tags?

Skin tags are not removed by regular skin care. However, they do not necessarily need surgery to be removed. Like warts, they can usually be removed by over the counter treatments. A skin tag may be an unwelcome sight, but if you don’t like the idea of removing it, you can rest easy that it will cause you no health problems. 

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